Emirates has unveiled plans to launch its first ever non-stop flights to New Zealand.
The new direct services between Dubai and Auckland will commence on 1 March 2016, providing one-stop connections between New Zealand and multiple destinations in Europe.
The new flights will be in addition to the airline’s existing New Zealand services, meaning that Emirates will offer five daily flights into the country – three A380 services to Auckland via Australia, a daily Christchurch flight, and the new direct Dubai-Auckland route.
“Having just one stop on the long-haul to New Zealand will make the journey quicker and more comfortable. This will be a boon to many business people, tourists, expatriate New Zealanders and other travellers in Europe, parts of Africa and the Middle East,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman & chief executive of Emirates.
“Tourists in particular will now have more options, travelling to Auckland with a stopover in Australia on one of our three daily A380s, flying non-stop direct into Auckland, or flying to the South Island on our daily Christchurch service. New Zealand currently hosts about three million tourists a year and we want to do our part to cater for that flow and grow that figure above current expectations.”
The new direct flights will depart Dubai at 1005 and arrive in Auckland at 1100 the following day. The return service will then leave Auckland at 2130, arriving back in Dubai at 0545 the next morning. The route will be operated using a 266-seat, three-class Boeing 777-200LR aircraft.
The outbound flight will have a duration of just under 16 hours, while the inbound service will last just over 17 hours.
Emirates started flying to Auckland in August 2003.